How To Begin Designing Your Garden
10 Tips for Designing or Re-designing a Garden
They say gardening is the ultimate form of hope. You plant tiny seeds in the absolute faith that something grand will grow. No garden design is ever finished. Plants fail, tastes change & weather is unpredictable. Your garden may not be designed on paper, but the more thought you put into what you want and what you like or dislike about your...
Site Evaluation - Evaluating the Site for Your Garden Design
The first step in designing a garden is an honest evaluation of the chosen site. The area should be assessed for soil, sun exposure, problem areas and areas you want to complement. The following cheat sheet will walk you through an evaluation of your garden site.
Budgeting - Preparing a Garden Design Budget
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great garden, but it sure is easy to get carried away. If you’re not a budgeter in any other aspect of your life, you are not going to change your habit in the garden. But to prevent sticker shock from arriving halfway through creating your garden, let’s look at an overview to determine what you can reasonably expect to spend.
Designing Next Year's Garden
Garden design doesn't have to be put down on paper, but at the very least you will need a clear idea of what you want your garden to look like and a realistic view of what is possible. This article should help you get there.
Focal Points - Drawing the Eye with Garden Focal Points
The purpose of a garden focal point is to bring the garden into focus. What may start out as just a grouping of plants is given definition by a focal point. Viewers instantly know where to bring their attention. We'll demonstrate some techniques in the following photos, but with placing a focal point, like garden design in general, the more you do it, the better trained your eye will become.
Garden Makeovers - Re-Engineering Your Garden
Making over a garden can become necessary when the garden becomes overgrown or when site conditions, like lighting, change. Sometimes gardeners simply want to try creating a new garden. Here is some advice for taking a look at where you are with your garden plans and reassessing what you can do to capitalize on what you have.
Garden Structure in Black & White
Get a true impression of your garden by viewing it in black & white.
Small Spaces-Designing a Small Garden
A good site assessment is vital to any garden design. When creating a small garden, every space is important. Where to put the garden, how large to make it and the choice of plants all must be edited, unlike with a small garden. Here’s how to take an honest look at your garden site and what you can hope to plant there.
Photo Examples for Designing a Small Garden
Examples of well exectued small garden designs. Photos of small flower gardens, borders, containers and vegetable gardens.
Urban Garden Design Tips
Gardening in urban areas is much like gardening anywhere else, with a few extra challenges. Here are tips for creating and maintaining a small city garden.
Design Inspiration From Open Days Garden Tours
The best gardens in your area are open to you through the Garden Conservancy's Open Days. Take advantage of the design inspiration and a day spent enjoying someone else's garden by visiting the private gardens listed in the Open Days directories.
Garden Design to Reduce Stress
Dr. Leonard P. Perry outlines garden elements that will bring a sense of tranquility and calm to your garden space.